Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has raised concerns about the legal protection for Welsh produce offered by EU rules as a result of leaving the European Union.
Currently Welsh produce such as Welsh lamb and Welsh beef has the same protected status as Champagne and Parma ham under the EU’s ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status.
Mark said “There is huge concern amongst livestock farmers in Wales about the protected status of their produce after the Brexit vote.
“Welsh beef and Welsh lamb is considered of extremely high quality across Europe and has protected status which means that no knock-offs can be produced. Without this protected status there’s a real possibility that producers from other countries will take advantage of this fact and damage the status of Welsh lamb and Welsh beef throughout the European market.
“It is absolutely vital that the UK Government does not allow this legally protected status to be lost as part of the Brexit negotiations, and I will be writing to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister to receive assurance on this point for our livestock farmers.”